Festival of the Holy Trinity – May 22, 2016
Mass at 11:00. Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:2-15. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
This is the only Sunday of the church year that celebrates a doctrine. All other Sundays are either about observing an event in the life of Jesus, or some aspect of his preaching, teaching and healing. It was the clash of the Hebrew concept of God with that of the Greek world that made the doctrine of the Trinity so important to the church.
In the Hebrew Bible it is common for God to be personified as an angel, or the Breath of God, or Wisdom (as in today’s first lesson), or the glory of the Lord (as in the psalm). The people of Israel believed that God was intimately involved in their communal life, a notion that was antithetical to Greeks, whose gods lived in another world and had little to do with daily life. Reconciling the two worldviews required working out this doctrine.
In the Romans reading we have Paul’s trinitarian theology, which is based on his Hebrew upbringing. God is intimately involved in our lives, bringing endurance, character and hope out of suffering through the Holy Spirit. In the gospel, Jesus promises the Spirit to his followers, as he proclaims his unity with the Father.
Please keep in your prayers: Ellen Benton, Cory Bricco, Charlotte Cage, Peg Faulkner, family and friends of Richard Headley, Maria Jacobson, Susan Sterne McCann, Marie Mutz, Jytte Palumbo, Robert Radsch, Mike Rodriguez, Thorvald Slater, and Benjamin Weiner.
Music for Sunday
Prelude: Wir Glauben all an einen Gott – Johann Ludwig Krebs
Offertory: Great Lord of Lords – Orlando Gibbons
Communion: O Salutaris Hostia – T. Fredrick Candlyn
Postlude:Carillon Sortie -Henri Mulet
#413 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
#411 We All Believe in One True God
#412 Come, Join the Dance of Trinity
#415 Holy God, We Praise Your Name
Sacred Sites Weekend
Holy Trinity is proud to participate in the annual Sacred Sites event this weekend, which is hosted by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Parish Life is sponsoring coffee hour this week as part of the weekend’s activities. Sacred Sites is a wonderful opportunity to open our doors to the general public and showcase our beautiful nave. Thank you to all those who are volunteering this weekend to host our visitors!
Follow along at our 2016 Synod Assembly
Our 2016 Synod Assembly, Confronting racism through connection, commitment, courage, is just days away. No matter where you are, you can see what is happening at assembly by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and finding all of our assembly resources through our Guidebook app.
You can also download our newly updated agenda and worship materials. See the multitude of voices leading us through worship and personal reflections as we focus on racism in our church and society.
All are welcome to join us on Friday, May 20 for Eucharist (4:30 pm) and our keynote presentation with Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (7:30 pm). No special registration is required, but we ask that you check in at the registration table on site. Find full details about our Assembly here.
A Place for All
As we continue the conversation on racism in the United States, we must look within our congregations and communities. Mark your calendars for the next live ELCA webcast, “A Place for All,” on Wednesday, May 25, at 8 pm (EST). Learn more here.
Anti-racism Introductory trainings
We are called to be a church that embraces each person and confronts racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, age, gender, familial, sexual orientation, physical, personal, and class barriers that often manifest themselves in unjust treatment, inequalities, exclusion, and violence. We are hosting three Anti-Racism Introductory Trainings on June 11, September 10, and November 12 for all elected and volunteer synodical leaders; synodical boards, committees, teams; rostered leaders, synodically-rostered leaders, candidates in the call process, congregation call committees, and staff. These events are to help equip leaders to recognize and understand the complexity and implications of racism and racial issues. Learn more and register here.
Scripture Reading – Week after Holy Trinity
Sunday – Proverbs 8:1-4 – What role is wisdom taking here?
Monday – Proverbs 8:22-26 – What is wisdom’s relationship to the Creator here?
Tuesday – Proverbs 8:27-31 – What is the source of wisdom’s delight?
Wednesday – Psalm 8 – What is the relationship between God and humans here?
Thursday – Romans 5:1 – What does it mean to be justified by faith?
Friday – Romans 5:2 – How do we share the glory of God?
Saturday – Romans 5:3-5 – What is the relationship of suffering to hope?
Sunday – John 16:13 – How are we guided into the truth?